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The Best Sci-Fi Thriller Movies

Updated April 23, 2021 11.8k votes 1.5k voters 54.9k views144 items

List RulesVote up your favorite thrillers set in a science fiction universe.

Great sci-fi thrillers keep you in suspense while giving you a glimpse into a possible future or dystopian wasteland. The best sci-fi thriller films come in many forms, a few of them are even great science fiction mysteries. Some good sci-fi thriller films take place in outer-space while other good science-fiction thriller movies feature multiple dimensions. Many of the best sci-fi thriller films have won awards and are critically acclaimed.

What films will you find on this top sci-fi thriller movies list? The Thing has to be at the top. John Carpenters 1982 remake of this classic science-fiction tale is one of the most suspenseful films to ever hit the silver screen. Kurt Russell leads an all-star cast who face off against an ever-evolving extraterrestrial foe in the film. Futuristic crime-solving techniques prove to be untrustworthy in 2002 thriller, Minority Report. Other great sci-fi suspense films featured on this list include Alien, Children of Men and Total Recall.

 

Do you have a favorite sci-fi thriller? Give the great science fiction thrillers on this list a vote up and vote down any you think miss the mark.

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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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    Interstellar

    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2014

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Directed byDoug Liman

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    Total Recall

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone

    Released1990

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Ex Machina

    Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander

    Released2015

    Directed byAlex Garland

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    Arrival

    Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner

    Released2016

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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    District 9

    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy

    Released2009

    Directed byNeill Blomkamp

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    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Looper

    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

    Released2012

    Directed byRian Johnson

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    Prometheus

    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender

    Released2012

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Oblivion

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Released2013

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

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    Source Code

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2011

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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    Predestination

    Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor

    Released2014

    Directed byMichael Spierig, Peter Spierig

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    Annihilation

    Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2018

    Directed byAlex Garland

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    Blade Runner 2049

    Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling

    Released2017

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Kelly

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